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Virtual Reality in the EFL Classroom: Educational Affordances and Students' Perceptions in Cyprus

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Virtual reality has attracted the interest of the research community due to the endless possibilities itoffers in the educational arena. Although a wide range of applications already exists, further researchis required to establish effective practices for a fruitful classroom implementation. This quantitativeresearch of a sample of 37 primary school students explores the educational affordances and students’perceptions of virtual reality systems as supportive tools for teaching English as a foreign language.

To address the objective of the study, an evaluation test and a questionnaire were administered tothe participants. The results showed a positive outcome on students’ performance, since it motivatedthem to visualize abstract knowledge within the virtual world without having to leave the comfortzone of their classroom.

 

The current work revealed the growing potential of VR in the teaching andlearning practices and can serve as a reference point for studies to follow. The vision of further agendaon the dynamics of virtual reality in the field of foreign language education is highlighted. Finally,implications for the implementation of VR in the educational system in Cyprus are discussed.

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